Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is one of the most in-demand cannabinoids of the moment thanks to its mild psychoactive high that’s completely unique from every other compound found in the hemp plant. THCV vapes, such as vape cartridges and disposable/rechargeable vape pens are particularly popular, promising fast-acting and highly bioavailable effects while coming in a wonderful selection of strains to choose from.
But, as is the case with all cannabinoids, how strong those THCV effects are, depend on how fresh it is, and many of us unknowingly speed up the expiration process by failing to store our vapes properly.
Do THCV Vapes Go Bad?
THCV vapes do expire, after about 2 years if they’re stored properly. It takes an estimated two years for hemp extracts to start to degrade, and once they do degrade, they break down to the point of losing their effectiveness. Vaping expired THCV isn’t dangerous, but it’s just not going to give you the effects that you were hoping for.
However, at the end of the day, if you don’t store your THCV products properly, then it can expire prematurely. How quickly it expires depends on just how badly it was stored. To know if your product has expired, there are a few things that you can look for.
- First, check to see if the color, texture or aroma are different from how they were when you first purchased the product.
- Another more obvious giveaway is that the product is no longer giving you the same effects, which would mean that the tetrahydrocannabivarin in the product has degraded due to age.
- If your product is expired, then time to throw it out and replace it.
How to Keep Those THCV Vapes Fresh
The bottom line is that the only way to enjoy your THCV vapes as much as possible is to store them properly when they’re not being used. Luckily, you’ll have no trouble storing them properly, since you have plenty of ideal spots already in your home. Just follow these tips below to keep your vaping products fresh for as long as possible.
Tip #1: Dark, Dry, and Cool is the Way to Go
Always keep THCV products in an area of the home that stays dark, dry, and cool at all times. This can be a drawer, a cupboard or a closet. Light, humidity, and heat all have a role in speeding up the process of cannabinoids and terpenes breaking down. A sunny windowsill can damage your product, as can storing in the bathroom where humidity levels change due to the shower.
The ideal storage temperature for a THCV vape cartridge and disposable/rechargeable vape pen in general is about 70°F. Higher temps have an identical effect on oil as they do on flower – it degrades and no longer has the same potency. You can store cartridges and vape pens in the fridge. However, no need to run the prospect of getting condensed moisture issues. Most certainly though, DO NOT freeze your vape carts or vape pens.
Tip #2: An Airtight Seal is Critical
We recommend keeping your THCV vape cartridges in their original package until you’re ready to use them. How come? Because oxygen can cause those compounds to degrade very quickly. Once your vape is out of its package, small amounts of oxygen enter the mouthpiece and get into the vape oil. While this isn’t an issue if you go through a vape cart in a few weeks, it can become a problem if it takes you months.
Tip #3: Keep Your THCV Indoors
Never leave your THCV products for that matter, outdoors. The outdoor environment is prone to sudden, drastic changes in light, heat and humidity, all of which can destabilize your vape oil. This includes your backyard, your car and your outdoor shed/garage. Even leaving a cart in your car overnight on a hot day can ruin what’s inside. In general, unless you’re traveling, keep your THCV inside whenever possible.
Tip #4: Don’t Buy More Than You Need
When your favorite company is holding a sale, resist the temptation to grab tons of vapes since the prices are so low. This can leave you with a whole lot of THCV that you’ll never get a chance to get through by the time it all expires. Pacing yourself with your purchases means that you’re always enjoying the freshest THCV possible.
A Little Extra Info For You When Buying Fresh THCV Vapes
Besides making a point to store your product properly, you also need to pay attention to who you’re buying it from. Why? Because some companies sell poorly made formulas, or products that are close to expiring, and so it doesn’t matter how well you store them since they’re already well on their way to losing their effectiveness.
Find a company with a solid reputation, as they’re more likely to have a high product turnover rate which means that their products are never sitting in the warehouse for too long. Also, make sure that they use clean extraction methods and exceptional ingredients, as both of these aspects preserve the stability of the cannabinoid itself, as well as the other ingredients.
At Binoid, all of our hemp products are made using the best methods and ingredients, and our product turnover rate is very high so that products are always sold fresh.
Extra Precaution/Safety Measure: Good idea to buy a vape cartridge storage case for your equipment. Vape pens/batteries usually come with a case.
Don’t Forget to Lock Your THCV Vapes Up!
Always best to lock up all of your cannabis supplies, but especially any type of vaping hardware. Doing so ensures that your supplies avoid direct sunlight, which, as we mentioned earlier, is bad for the vape oil. Additionally, if you have kids, locking your vapes is particularly critical. Many vape pens aren’t overly complicated to work, and it would be simple for a youngster to take an illicit puff. Not something any of us want to see happen.
Ensure Your THCV Vapes are Properly Stored in Order to Keep Calm and Continue Vaping On
Overall, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is an incredibly satisfying cannabinoid rich in desirable effects for both the body and the mind. But, you’re only going to benefit from those effects if you’re storing your vaping products properly. Otherwise, each puff of vapor is going to leave you feeling disappointed. Fortunately, storing your vapes isn’t a complicated process.
Just keep them in a cool, dark and dry place in their original packaging before using them, and you’re good to go, knowing that those compounds will stay fresh until you finish every last drop of vape oil.
Lastly, employ caution when storing a vape cartridge and/or disposable/rechargeable vape pen. Often, with cartridges, these are assembled from somewhat fragile material like Pyrex glass, and depending on the manufacturer, could be easy to crack or completely damage. Broken vape cartridges can lead to leaks, which in turn, ruin your cartridge. For this reason, they (carts and disposable/rechargeable vape pens) should be kept in a vertical (upright) position rather than lying on their side or being placed without care.